Professional golfer Cody Gribble, from right here in Texas, encountered an 8-foot alligator last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Gribble, who played golf for the University of Texas and won the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship, swatted the gator on the tail while walking along the fairway Thursday on the sixth hole at Bay Hill Club and Lodge golf course